What Happens When You Play Music Through a Squid? And I Mean an Actual Cephalopod, By the Way…

When we listen to music, we usually need some speakers or a pair of headphones. But that might be a little…pedestrian. What if we were to use squid cells?

A company called Backyard Brains (seriously) sells kits that allow anyone to experiment with neuroscience. For example, it has a kit that allows you to connect electrodes to a cockroach that in turn are hooked up to an iPod. Turning on the iPod makes the cockroach leg “dance.” Fun.

This video demonstrate how the pigment cells on the skin of a squid–they’re call chromatophores and are use to change colour to camouflage the squid–can also be connected to an iPod.  Let’s try a little Cypress Hill and see what happens, shall we?

The full story at Science Friday.


Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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